Doctor of Ministry



Fuller’s Doctor of Ministry cohort in Holy Spirit Leadership & Ministry Practice offers a unique learning context for students to engage in an ongoing, in-depth, sustained study of the life of the Holy Spirit within the Bible, theology, and Christian history that will transform the students approach to leadership, church, ministry, and life. Each year’s cohort will be led by the lead mentor—alongside a distinguished guest lecturer—for a face-to-face experience during a 10-day (Mon-following Wed) retreat in Pasadena, California on the Fuller campus. The time between face-to-face experiences will include ongoing mentorship, a robust and expansive reading curriculum, and monthly virtual lectures that create space for enhanced learning while students are in their local contexts. The mentorship component will strategically pair students with a mentor in their field, helping deepen the student’s awareness of the Holy Spirit in life, vocation, and ministry.

Cohort Overview

The format for the Holy Spirit Leadership & Praxis Doctor of Ministry cohort leans heavily upon a rotating team of faculty who will instruct at each face-to-face experience. Each year, four days of lecture and dialogue will be framed and led by Dr. A.J. Swoboda. The other four days will be led by a guest faculty member. This rhythm provides two crucial aspects to the learning experience. First, it will nurture a sense of ongoing continuity of instruction—the same lead mentor (Dr. Swoboda) will be present each year, providing a sense of continuity to the learning. Second, the learning flow will allow for diversity of thought and instruction in the context of continuity.

Year One Concentration—“God’s Spirit in Scripture, History, & Theology”
Co-taught with Amos Yong

January 16–24, 2018

The concentration of gathering of the first year is to frame the entire three-year experience, developing a broad and robust understanding of the life of the Holy Spirit in both biblical and historical theological contexts. What does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit? What does historical theology say about the life of the Holy Spirit? This is a foundation that will be built upon for the entire three-year period. Special attention will be given to the pneumatology of the early church. Components of the course will focus on: 1) a biblical view of the Holy Spirit; 2) historical controversies regarding the Spirit (i.e. Montanism); 3) the ongoing relationship between Spirit and Scripture; and 4) how the historic Christian church has understood and conceptualized the life of the Spirit in the believer, the church, and the world; 5) establishing an historically “orthodox” theology of the Spirit; 6) the exploration of the Spirit’s “gift” in each student; and, 7) the beginning of virtual mentorship with their paired mentor. The cohort will meet on the Fuller Pasadena campus.

Year Two Concentration—“God’s Spirit in Experience & Practice”
Co-taught with Mark Cartledge

January 22-31, 2019

The heavy emphasis in year two will be framed by the biblical command to “be being filled with the Holy Spirit.” (Eph. 5:18) What does “be being” filled mean in the present sense? How can we do that? To that end, the cohort will explore the practical and experiential dynamics to the life of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit is lived out in real life. The emphasis of this year will center on: 1) Christian formation as it relates to a robust theology of the Spirit; 2) the contribution of the Charismatic and Pentecostal traditions to the global church; 3) the gifts of the Holy Spirit in both individual and corporate contexts; 4) the dangers and abuses of the life of the Spirit in contemporary and historical practice; 5) a reading of leadership as a practice of Holy Spirit giftedness; 6) leading with discernment; and, 7) the continuation of mentorship with the paired mentor. The cohort will meet on the Fuller Pasadena campus.

Year Three Concentration—“God’s Spirit in Leadership & Mission”
Co-taught with Mark Sayers

January 21-30, 2020

The third year will expand the students engagement of the Holy Spirit in both leadership and missional respects. The main themes that will be developed in this years conversation will be: 1) the relationship between the Holy Spirit and global crises; 2) particular attention will be given to a pneumatological understanding to the environmental crisis; 3) the Holy Spirit and evangelism; 4) Spirit and mission; 5) Spirit, principalities, and powers; 6) an orthodox theology of Holy Spirit as they relate to gender and sexuality; and, 7) the continuation of mentorship with the paired mentor. The cohort will meet on the Fuller Pasadena campus.




Dr. A. J. Swoboda is a professor, author, and pastor of Theophilus in urban Portland, Oregon. He teaches theology, biblical studies, and Christian history at George Fox Evangelical and Fuller Theological Seminaries, including a number of other universities and Bible colleges. Previous to this, A.J. served as a campus pastor at the University of Oregon. His doctoral research at the University of Birmingham (U.K.) explored the never-ending relationship between the Holy Spirit and ecology. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Pentecostal Studies. A.J. is the author of Messy: God Likes It That Way (Kregel), Tongues and Trees: Toward a Pentecostal Ecological Theology (JPTSup, Deo), and Introducing Evangelical Ecotheology (Baker Academic). You can find his website and blog at, or follow him on Twitter @mrajswoboda.

Guest Professors

Year One Co-Instructor


Amos Yong is Professor of Theology and Mission and director of the Center for Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. His graduate education includes degrees in theology, history, and religious studies from Western Evangelical Seminary (now George Fox Seminary) and Portland State University, both in Portland, Oregon, and Boston University, Boston, Massachusetts, and an undergraduate degree from Bethany University of the Assemblies of God. He has authored or edited over forty volumes. He and his wife, Alma, have three children – Annalisa, a senior at Point Loma University (San Diego, California); Alyssa, a graduate of Vanguard University (Costa Mesa, California); and Aizaiah (pronounced like the biblical Isaiah, also married to Neddy), who works in the Office of Diversity at Vanguard University and is a PhD (practical theology) student at Claremont School of Theology (Claremont, California) – and one granddaughter (Serenity Joy, from Aizaiah and Neddy). Amos and Alma reside in Pasadena, California.

Year Two Co-Instructor

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Dr. Mark J. Cartledge is Professor of Practical Theology at Regent University School of Divinity, Virginia Beach. He is a priest in the Church of England and has served in parish and university campus ministries. He has also taught in seminaries and secular universities. At Regent School of Divinity, he teaches courses in theology, as well as research methods for Doctor of Ministry students. Since coming to Regent University, he has developed a new course in Cyber Theology, which has proved very popular with students and there are plans to develop an MA program in the near future. His main research over the years has focused on Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity, often using empirical research methods to explore contemporary beliefs and practices. He is currently finishing a book on the subject of megachurches and their social engagement in London, as well as writing a set of studies exploring pneumatology, ecclesiology, and Public Theology.

Year Three Co-Instructor

Mark Sayers

Mark Sayers is the senior leader of Red Church in Melbourne, Australia. He provides visionary leadership and teaching for Red Church and is gifted in prophetically speaking into the intersection of faith and culture. Mark is married to Trudi and they have a daughter, Grace, and twin boys, Billy and Hudson.

Mark has written a number of books that speak directly into leadership, culture, and identity. These include The Trouble with Paris: Following Jesus in a World of Plastic Promises (Thomas Nelson, 2008); The Vertical Self: How Biblical Faith Can Help Us Discover Who We Are in an Age of Obsession (Thomas Nelson, 2010); The Road Trip that Changed the World: The Unlikely Theory that Will Change the Way You View Culture, the Church, and, Most Importantly, Yourself (Moody, 2012); Facing Leviathan: Leadership, Influence, and Creating in a Cultural Storm (Moody, 2014); Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience (Moody, 2016); and Strange Days: Life in the Spirit in a Time of Upheaval (Moody, 2017).


Contact the DMin office for more information on applying to this cohort!